World's Most Extensive Collection of Chateau Lafite Rothschild -- Spanning Four Centuries -- Being Marketed by Antique Wine Company; Scientific Test Being Used to Certify Provenance

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The Antique Wine Company, London ( is selling the most extensive collection of Chateau Lafite Rothschild ever seen on the world market, the oldest vintage in the collection being 1787, prior to the French Revolution.

The Antique Wine Company, London ( is selling the most extensive collection of Chateau Lafite Rothschild ever seen on the world market, the oldest vintage in the collection being 1787 prior to the French Revolution.

The release of the collection was announced during a spectacular wine weekend when the company poured more than 150 bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild including vintages 1887, 1929, 1949, 1953, 1959, 1961 and all the 100 point vintages of the 80's 90's and current decades. More than 50 of Antique Wine Company's clients travelled from the UK, USA, Asia, Russia and Europe to take part in the event co-hosted by Charles Chevallier, wine-maker at Chateau Lafite Rothschild, and held at the exclusive Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera. The tasting notes from this extraordinary fine wine event are also serving to provide the new owner of the collection with an updated appraisal of many of the wines.

Stephen Williams, CEO of Antique Wine, expressed his thanks to both the Rothschild family and to Charles Chevallier in providing their assistance in this unique world first. The collection comprises not only Lafite spanning 18th 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, but also includes every format produced with giant 6ltr imperials from all the top vintages of the twentieth century.

Even though the provenance of the collection is impeccable, (a number of bottles were stored in the Bordeaux cellars of one of the Rothschild family), The Antique Wine Company is working with scientists and experts in the Universities of Bordeaux and Manchester to carry out a series of highly scientific tests to further certify the authenticity of the vintages.

These tests include a combination of nuclear isotope analysis and gamma radiation and proton beam tests to confirm the age of each glass bottle, supplemented by a molecular and chemical analysis of a microscopic sample of each of the wines extracted via a hypodermic needle pierced through the cork.

Commenting on this extraordinary application of science to the fine wine business Stephen Williams said: "Whilst old wine is hard to find in good condition, let's not forget that the great chateaux produced tens of thousands of bottles every year. Although I have only personally come across counterfeit wine on only three occasions there is a current perception that a lot of old wine is not genuine. This collection of Chateau Lafite Rothschild is an exceptional assemblage of the world's greatest red wine. As leaders in our field we are especially interested to use every possible check to confirm the authenticity of the wines we provide to our clients, and will continue to use these scientific checks in many of the future wine collections we present for sale".

The Chateau Lafite Collection is to be sold by private negotiation during May and the full details of the collection, and progress of the negotiations can be viewed at

Williams expects that the collection will sell for between $1m and $3m US dollars.

Notes to Editors:

Stephen Williams, Managing Director, The Antique Wine Company, is available for interview.

The Chateau Lafite Collection:
This spectacular Chateau Lafite Collection features 48 bottles one from each of the following vintages:

18th Century
1787, 1789, 1791 and 1799

19th Century
1800, 1805, 1806, 1811, 1815, 1819, 1825, 1832, 1834, 1841, 1846, 1846 (Magnum), 1847, 1848, 1848 (Magnum),1851, 1858, 1861, 1864, 1865, 1870, 1893, 1899, 1899 (Imperial)

20th Century
1900 (Magnum), 1947 (Magnum), 1959 (Double Magnum), 1959 (Jeroboam), 1961 (Jeroboam), 1982 (Magnum), 1982 (Imperial), 1986 (Magnum), 1986 (Imperial), 1990 (Imperial), 1994 (Imperial), 1996 (Magnum), 1996 (Imperial), 1998 (Imperial), 1999 (Imperial), 2000 (Magnum), 2000 (Imperial)

21st Century
2002 (Imperial), 2003 (Magnum), 2003 (Imperial)

The full specification and tasting notes on the Chateau Lafite Collection can be viewed at

High resolution royalty free photographs of Chateau Lafite Rothschild can be downloaded at the following link:

The Antique Wine Company
The Antique Wine Company has had the privilege of advising, negotiating and concluding many of the world's most interesting fine wine transactions. Established over 25 years ago, the London-based company specialises in sourcing vintages over 150 years old, as well as providing fine contemporary wines for the avid collector.

The announcement of the sale of the Chateau Lafite Rothschild Collection follows that of the world's largest collection of Chateau d'Yquem sold by The Antique Wine Company in December 2006 to Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat for £775,000 (1.5 million US dollars).

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